On MA Screen: Acting, you will begin with classes before moving onto projects. Supported by skilled project tutors, you will take key responsibility for your own development. As part of practical projects, you will not only act but also support in other ways, such as set-dressing, continuity and crewing. These activities are crucial in order to understanding the rhythm of film-making and professional film sets.
On the course, you will work in the Stanislavskian tradition, although there are additional approaches. You will also study camera-related techniques and undertake voice and movement classes. During your studies, you will be asked to draw on your own memories and observations. At the end of each element of the course, you will be required to write a reflective journal summary. This is a key example of the practice-driven nature of MA Screen: Acting. All aspects of the curriculum are intended to trigger a liberal sense of enquiry which promotes personal development as well your professional acting skills.
For your professional preparation, there are a range of lectures, classes and Q&A sessions with industry professionals to advise you in transitioning from the College into work. Typically, these include professional agents, casting directors, producers, Equity officials and financial advisers.
Unit 1: Acting and Directing Techniques
This unit will allow you to develop your contextual, critical and research skills. You will be expected to work independently, and also with your peers in guided seminars and group discussions.
Unit 2: The Skills of Film and Audio Production
In Unit 2, you will work on acting, voice and movement. The emphasis on the camera rather than a live audience will become increasingly apparent. You will collaborate with students on MA Screen: Directing and teaching will focus on the dynamics of working in a creative team.
Unit 3: The Art of Film
On this unit, you will work with MA Screen: Directing students on a range of short film projects. You will also work with a professional director to select scenes from screenplays in order to produce showcase films. As part of this unit, you will also be expected to study arts and business.
Mode of study
MA Screen: Acting is offered in full-time mode which runs for 45 weeks over 12 months. You will be expected to commit 40 hours per week to study, which includes teaching time and independent study.
Credit and award requirements
The course is credit-rated at 180 credits.
On successfully completing the course, you will gain a Master of Arts (MA degree).
Under the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications, an MA is Level 7. All units must be passed in order to achieve the MA but the classification of the award is derived from the mark for the final unit only.
If you are unable to continue on the course, a Postgraduate Certificate (PG Cert) will normally be offered following the successful completion of 60 credits, or a Postgraduate Diploma (PG Dip) following the successful completion of 120 credits.